galleryThings We're Thankful For11.23.10galleryThings We're Thankful ForFrom Betty White's humor and the Chilean miners to the McRib return and Suu Kyi's bravery, here are 23 cultural touchstones getting shout-outs at the dinner table this year.11.23.10 5:59 PM ETAndrew Medichini / AP Photo,Andrew MedichiniPOPE BENEDICT XVIFor giving latex an unlikely boost. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images,Ezra ShawELIN NORDEGRENFor leaving her philandering husband, and taking a big check with her. FORTY BILLIONAIRESFor donating half their wealth to charity (a whopping $230 billion) through “The Giving Pledge.”Getty ImagesCHELSEA CLINTONFor keeping her July nuptials practically free of paparazzi and celebrities (sorry, Ted Danson).Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo,Marcio Jose SanchezMARK ZUCKERBERGFor proving nerds can also double as anti-heroes.RD, Kabik / Retna,© RD / Kabik / Retna DigitalCONAN O'BRIENFor being legitimately funny in 140 characters, and upstaging Leno in his exodus to cable.CKN / Getty Images,Getty ImagesAUNG SAN SUU KYIFor standing up for freedom and coming out of 20 years of house arrest still smiling. Paul Sakuma / AP Photo,Paul SakumaiPADFor overcoming its cringe-worthy name and finally getting multitasking capability. Chris Pizzello / AP PhotoBETTY WHITEFor being a friend—and proving 80 is the new 30. Eddie Keogh / Reuters,© Eddie Keogh / ReutersKATE MIDDLETONFor her grace under pressure and putting us on Wedding Watch for the next five months. Gino Domenico / AP PhotoEDMUND MORRISFor completing the third and final volume of the epic life of Theodore Roosevelt, with the just published Getty Images (3)ECCENTRIC CANDIDATES For adding some spark to the typically dull midterms.John Spellman / Retna MICHAEL DOUGLAS & CATHERINE ZETA-JONESFor their inspiring marriage during a difficult illness and in light of splits between Tipper and Al, Christina and Jordan, Courteney and David, Sandra and Jesse James.CROWDRISE.COMFor harnessing the power of social media and making charity donations effortless.David Paul Morris / Getty Images,David Paul MorrisTHE McRIB SANDWICH For returning to our lives in all its BBQ-drenched glory.Jonathan Fickies, Bloomberg / Getty ImagesA-LIST AUCTIONSFor allowing diehard fans to bid on Madoff’s drawers, Demi’s art, Blago’s bric-a-brac, and Beatles lyrics. Katja Lenz / AP PhotoJONATHAN FRANZEN For reminding us you don’t have to be Dan Brown to sell books—and for retrieving his signature glasses after they were stolen off his face. Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images,STAN HONDATHE METFor installing 25-foot high bamboo atop its roof and creating an unexpected urban jungle. Martin Roe / Retna ,© Martin Roe / Retna Ltd.JENNY SLATEFor her quirky comedic talents that are still shining (see: “ Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”), despite Saturday Night Live booting her after one season.